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Vitalant operations in Illinois is a tax-exempt provider of blood products serving Chicago area hospitals. The blood bank has 17 donor centers throughout the area and operates an average of 10 mobile drives every day, distributing approximately 107,000 units of blood annually.
Donor appointments are available during the day, evenings, and weekends and can be made online or by phone. The process is relatively simple. Prior to donating blood, you must register your demographic information, conduct an interview to determine your eligibility and conduct a brief physical. Following your donation of a unit of blood, you will have a 15-minute rest period. You’re generally in and out in less than an hour.
Vitalant also offers the opportunity to donate through one of our many mobile operations. The mobile centers are available most days, operating out of businesses, in schools, community centers, and spiritual or religious organizations. As the types of donations may be limited, please check before going.
Clinical Services focuses on the pre-transfusion testing and delivery of vital blood products to patients in our Pennsylvania and Illinois service regions. In addition, Clinical Services contributes to the treatment requirements of stem cell transplant patients who are waiting for lifesaving hematological transplants worldwide. Clinical Services includes centralized transfusion services, an immunohematology reference lab, public cord blood banking, and total blood management services.